Scott, one of the EAS directors, has a continued passion for architecture and takes pride in the fact that EAS regularly enter and are also personally invited to participate in nationwide architectural competitions.
Competition brief: Proposed avian research and refuge centre
Location: Ramsgate, Kent. Ramsgate Harbour
This competition is an answer to combat potential detrimental impacts upon bird populations in the light of the recent construction of The London Array.
The London Array is an off-shore wind farm in the Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom. With a nameplate capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) is the world's largest offshore wind farm. The site is more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) off the North Foreland (on the Kent coast) in the area of Long Sand and Kentish Knock, between Margate, Kent and Clacton, Essex. The wind farm is named the London Array because it supplies electric power to parts of Greater London.
Birds are particularly vulnerable for several reasons. Firstly, seabirds are negatively impacted through the loss and modification of resting and foraging grounds. Secondly, and most importantly, they are killed as a result of collisions with turbine blades. For example, significant fatalities have been reported at marine wind farms situated close to breeding colonies. During their seasonal migrations, huge numbers of paraquets cross Europe’s seas mostly at night and at a low altitude. It is inevitable that birds will collide with turbines, particularly under adverse weather conditions with poor visibility.
Competition brief: Proposed War Memorial Centre
Location: London, Nr City Hall